“In-display fingerprint scanners on phones is a new trend, but it’s catching up quickly”
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that the smartphone industry goes from one trend to the other. And the latest trend that seems to be catching up is the under-the-display fingerprint sensors. Manufacturers like Vivo and OnePlus have integrated the in-screen fingerprint reader in a bid to offer a cleaner design. In this article, let’s take a brief look at how in-screen fingerprint scanners actually work and also check out all the smartphones in India that currently offer this feature.
How does an in-display fingerprint sensor work?
At the heart of the in-screen fingerprint scanner is an optical sensor that is placed beneath the display (and hence the implementation is technically called under-the-display fingerprint readers). The optical sensor will capture the reflection of your fingerprint when you place the finger on the screen. It’s worth noting that the technology only works with OLED panels.
The in-display fingerprint scanner allows smartphone manufacturers to save on space along with offering a cleaner design on the back or an edge-to-edge screen at the fascia. It also ensures that the handset is sleeker or perhaps the phonemakers can increase the battery capacity without having to worry about the space. On the downside, these sensors aren’t as fast as the regular fingerprint scanners.
Best smartphones with an in-display fingerprint scanner
OnePlus has earned a distinction for being the flagship killer, and the OnePlus 6T is no different. The latest from the brand’s stables ditches the 3.5mm audio socket in favour of the USB Type-C port, but does offer a larger battery. The device offers a 6.41-inch full HD+ display with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection. Powering the device is the class-leading Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor mated to 6 / 8GB of RAM. In terms of the cameras, the 6T ships with a pair of 16MP and 20MP shooters on the rear and a 16MP selfie camera. OnePlus calls its in-screen fingerprint sensor as “Screen Unlock”, and claims that it’s the fastest in the business.
Related read: OnePlus 6T review
Vivo is the first smartphone manufacturer to debut the in-display fingerprint sensor tech on phones. The Vivo Nex features an in-display fingerprint sensor from Synaptics. Furthermore, the device also comes equipped with a 6.59-inch FHD+ bezel-less display and a staggering screen-to-body ratio of 91.2%, thanks to a pop-up selfie camera. The device is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and is paired with 8GB of RAM. For imagery, the Vivo NEX ships with a dual rear camera setup consisting of 12MP and 5MP.
Related read: Vivo NEX review
Huawei Mate 20 Pro (upcoming)
Huawei has equipped the 20 Pro with an in-display fingerprint scanner, while the Mate 20 comes equipped with a traditional fingerprint scanner. The company has opted for an in-display fingerprint sensor made by Goodfix. As far as the specs are concerned, the Mate 20 Pro offers a 6.39-inch OLED display and comes powered by the powerful 7nm HiSilicon Kirin 980 SoC. On the camera front, the handset offers a triple rear camera array consisting of a 40MP wide-angle lens, a 20MP ultrawide-angle lens, and an 8MP telephoto lens.
Related read: Top 5 features of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro
As it stands, the V11 Pro is the most affordable smartphone with the under-the-display fingerprint sensor. The handset comes equipped with a 6.41-inch FHD+ display and a teardrop notch up top. Powering the device is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset paired with 6GB of RAM. Imaging options on Vivo’s offering include a 25-megapixel selfie camera and a dual rear camera unit, comprising a 12MP snapper and a 5MP depth-sensing unit.
Related read: Vivo V11 Pro review
While there are a very few smartphone with this technology, we’re sure that sooner than later the in-display fingerprint sensors will proliferate to different price tiers.